Organic products are a popular choice for health-conscious consumers and those interested in protecting the environment. The living soil movement is dedicated to providing a truly organic experience for those who use marijuana as medicine or for adult use purposes. By considering the benefits of living soil when choosing Adult Use (rec) marijuana services in Garden City or Fort Collins Colorado, you can ensure the best experience every time you light up in our area.
What Is Living Soil?
Organic farming typically focuses most on what needs to be left out of the process, including chemical/ synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. By contrast, the living soil movement considers the soil in a more holistic way. By making sure that soil contains the living creatures needed to break down organic matter into the necessary nutrients, living soil advocates can produce healthier and more robust crops without the use of chemicals or other hazardous materials. This can make a significant difference in the quality of product you receive from companies offering marijuana dispensary services in Colorado and beyond.
The Ingredients of Living Soil
Living soil begins with the right blend of items/ingredients such as compost, worm castings, topsoil, peat moss or leaf mold and small rocks for aeration. Other nutrients can be added to increase the food value and quality of the soil for the bacteria, fungi and living creatures that will make their homes in this growth medium. Earthworms, nematodes and other arthropods act as tillers for the soil, moving through it and cycling nutrients to ensure the healthiest environment for growth. With proper care, living soil can be used and reused indefinitely to grow cannabis for Adult Use and Medical cannabis plants.
Preserving the Balance of Nature
The basis for living soil growing techniques begins with microbiology. In nature, microbes help organic material in the soil to break down and provide energy for growth and renewal. The right balance of microbes, soil organic matter, and stored carbon can make a big difference in the quality of the plants grown in this soil. Tilling the soil can often disrupt the activities of microbes and can reduce their overall numbers. For this reason, living soil practitioners typically do not disturb the soil in which their plants grow unless it is absolutely necessary.
Why Living Soil Matters
For cannabis users who are interested in achieving the most healthful and natural results, plants grown in living soil conditions are much more likely to provide the best experience. Living soil does not accumulate excess salt buildup caused by the use of synthetic nutrients and hydroponic growth mediums. It can survive nicely on tap water and recycled plant materials along with occasional infusions of compost and topsoil to keep cannabis plants growing in the healthiest and most natural way. The end result is a product that smells, tastes, is more nutritionally diverse, and works better for end users.
At Smokey's, we offer Adult Use and Medical marijuana dispensary services for Garden City, Fort Collins, Colorado, and the surrounding areas through our Stash wholesale line. Our team is committed to the living soil movement and to providing the healthiest and most effective products for our customers. We go beyond organic practices to create truly natural and healthy solutions, which include the following:
• The use and reuse of living soil with the addition of compost teas, fermented fruit and plant wastes, earthworm castings and other necessary elements for healthy soil microbiology
• Natural solutions for pest control, including praying mantises, nematodes and lady beetles
• Closed-loop systems for recycling plant waste and composting
Less than 10 percent of all waste produced by our operation ends up in a landfill, and we are working diligently to reduce even that percentage. We are also working toward Organic Certified Cannabis Product certification. At Smokey's, we are constantly working to deliver the best experience for you. Call us today at 970-797-2155 in Fort Collins or 970-515-5839 in Garden City. We are here to serve you.
Have you stopped in your local dispensary lately and noticed many of your favorite edibles have changed? Well, there is a reason for that! Starting October 1st all edibles must follow new regulations with the new universal symbol either stamped, marked, or otherwise imprinted onto the product. These regulation changes came about as a result of a few highly publicized news stories concerning unintentional over-consumption of unmarked edibles.
One of the most publicized incidents involved New York Times columnist, Maureen Dowd. Ms. Dowd was enjoying Colorful Colorado while visiting to research her upcoming article on our state’s emerging industry. She opted for a hands-on account to report about the legal cannabis scene. However, she missed out on some rather pertinent information her budtender should have shared with her during this greenhorn cannabis consumer shopping experience. Ms. Dowd expresses in her article, Don’t Harsh Our Mellow, Dude that she is not an experienced consumer and basically had a little too much of a good thing. Which we all know, isn’t a good thing at all. She is rather vague in explaining how much of the bar she chomped down, but is quite descriptive of the intense, paranoid high she experienced from overindulging in the chocolate. This article received a lot of national attention and prompted discussion on edibles and consumer safety.
It was shortly after the New York Times article that some other news stories became prominent in the media. Catalyst discussions emerged after there was a reported increase in children being hospitalized after getting ahold of their parents’ edible stash. The Marijuana Enforcement Division worked to draft up new regulations aimed to address this pressing issue of consumer safety. Fast forwarding through the timely process of drafting and implementing regulation on this constantly evolving industry, October 1 is fast approaching. These updates have been making waves to say the least.
Practically every edible company in the state has been preparing for this regulatory change, many companies spending thousands of dollars to meet the new compliance standards. It has proved to be an easier transition for some companies and products, and not so much for other. Some companies have been forced to eliminate their best selling products because there is no way to meet these new standards. It is unfortunate to see some of our favorite gummies and other edibles disappear, but most of these companies are bringing new and exciting products to the scene!
An employee favorite at Smokey’s has always been the Highly Edible Gummy line by CannaPunch. Budtenders and customers alike were bummed to hear that the Cherry Watermelon Hearts weren’t available anymore. Then went the Gummy Bears, and lastly their Peach Rings and Watermelon Rings. CannaPunch recently launched their Puck Gummy Product Line!
The new line of Puck Gummies will soon have the universal symbol making it a completely compliant edible option. As a consumer, you should be seeing these in the stores very soon! Budtender feedback on this newly shaped edible gummy is that you get a lot more gummy in your dose, which makes it less tempting to overindulge. Our favorite new flavor and product recommendation for this edible is the Golden Strawberry, definitely a unique and delicious flavor!
When it comes to edibles, get educated! Each candy is a maximum of 10mg. Every edible is different, read your packaging, if you’re uncertain on dosing call the dispensary you purchased from to ask! The recommended starter dose is between 5mg-10mg. Don’t forget what we always say at Smokey’s 420 House “Start Slow and Low!” There are so many tasty edibles out there, stop in and talk to one of our budtenders to pick out the right edible for you.
For anyone curious here is the article link from the New York Times
“Don’t Harsh Our Mellow, Dude” by Maureen Dowd
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